Ferguson commits to DOJ reforms

The shooting of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in August 2014 threw a spotlight on race relations in Ferguson.

Story highlights

  • Ferguson City Council and the DOJ have jointly filed a consent decree on reforms
  • It follows months of negotiations aimed at an overhaul of police and court systems

(CNN)The U.S. Justice Department and Ferguson have jointly filed a court-enforceable agreement to overhaul the Missouri city's troubled police force and municipal court system.

"The American people must be able to trust that their courts and law enforcement will uphold, protect, and defend their constitutional rights," said Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch.
"The filing of this agreement marks the beginning of a process that the citizens of Ferguson have long awaited -- the process of ensuring that they receive the rights and protections guaranteed to every American under the law."

    National conversation

    The national spotlight on Ferguson began after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in August 2014. Brown, who was unarmed, was black, and Wilson is white.
    Brown's death prompted days of protests and riots in Ferguson, and a national conversation on the role of race in police interactions with citizens.